Aug 19, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) rolls out during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Cousins injury update: Redskins backup expected to be ready for Week 1

The Washington Redskins received a scare on Monday Night when backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has been filling in as the starter with Robert Griffin III on the sidelines, came up gimpy after awkwardly falling during a scramble to the sideline.

Cousins limped back to the huddle before sitting on the turf and being attended to by the medical staff.

The initial report was that Cousins suffered a mid-foot sprain, but there was still some concern that he could have suffered the dreaded Lisfranc injury. On Tuesday, Cousins underwent an MRI to determine the full extent of his injury.

After the MRI results came back, the Redskins received some great news and Cousins could be back on the field as early as this week.

From Alex Marvez of FOX Sports:

Washington has to be pleased with the news that Cousins will be ready for the start of the season, especially since RG3′s status for the opener has not yet been determined.

On the flip side, quarterback Pat White’s chances of making the roster take a big blow with the fact that Cousins and Griffin should both be healthy early in the season.

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